break through phrasal

break through phrasal
verb
1 (I, T) to force a way through something: break through sth: At dawn 300 tanks prepared to break through the enemy lines.
2 (I, T) if the sun or light breaks through, you can see it through something such as clouds or mist
3 (transitive break through something) to deal successfully with something, especially unreasonable behaviour or bad feelings: How could I break through his reserve?
-see also: breakthrough

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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